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The situation around the Northern Ireland protocol is “now very serious”, said the Prime Minister. Boris Johnson spoke to Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin on Tuesday about post-Brexit arrangements. In an account of the call by Downing Street, the two leaders agreed on the vital importance of restoring devolved institutions in Northern Ireland as soon …

Ireland’s medicines budget has been falling in recent years as a percentage of overall healthcare spending, according to figures from a variety of sources, including the Health Service Executive. An industry report that looked at official Irish figures as well as those from 14 other EU states found that the state spends slightly less of …

The Taoiseach visited The Irish Times offices last week and sat down for an interview you may have seen over the week. He focused on Northern Ireland, the prospects for a border ballot, his Shared Island initiative – which is likely to be one of his legacies – and he also touched on the shortcomings, …

Sri Lanka’s beleaguered government won a key vote in parliament as a candidate backed by the ruling coalition was elected vice president – despite mounting public pressure amid the worst economic crisis in decades. The vote was seen as crucial in demonstrating the government still has majority support in the 225-member parliament after 40 ruling …

Gary McDonald Editor-in-Chief 03 May 2022 01:00 A PROJECT which was to create 30 new jobs on the Causeway Coast and Glens is suddenly in jeopardy – as government money it was promised has still not been transferred to its account. Community benefit society ‘Grow The Glens’ received £300,000 from the Community Partnership Fund last …

An independent TD has called on the government to treat the problem of overcrowding in hospitals as an emergency, as emergency departments (EDs) across the country continue to break records for the number of patients waiting on carts. Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) released on Saturday showed more than 8,717 patients …

HOUSING MINISTER DARRAGH O’Brien has expressed serious concern as new figures show an increase in the number of homeless people in Ireland. Figures released by the Department of Housing show that in March 9,825 people were homeless. It represents an increase of 3.5% since February. Around 5,000 of these homeless people are single adults, while …

In recent days, there has been a loud and largely enthusiastic response to the European Union’s final agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA is intended to control online content, including social media platforms and video sites. It was touted as a victory for rights and a statement of the EU’s commitment to …

A Turkish court has sentenced prominent civil rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala to life in prison without the possibility of parole, finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the government amid mass anti-government protests in 2013. Kavala (64) had been in prison for 4½ years without conviction and has denied charges against him over …

KPMG has secured millions of pounds in UK government contracts since pledging to temporarily stop bidding for public sector work after being threatened with a ban over its involvement in a series of corporate scandals . The Big Four consultancy has won 22 UK public sector contracts worth £10m (€11.9m) since saying in December it …

Northern Ireland will have to lose more than a million sheep and cattle to meet its new legally binding climate emissions targets, according to an industry-commissioned analysis seen by the Guardian. The large-scale reduction in livestock numbers comes after the jurisdiction’s first-ever climate law was passed, obliging the agricultural sector to achieve net-zero carbon emissions …

A MAJOR development in the way Irish betting companies advertise in the UK is set to see former players and current pundits escape the gambling advert crackdown. Irish companies such as Paddy Power, Sky Bet and Betfair – all part of the Flutter stable – have been told companies like Roy Keane and Peter Crouch …

There is also the threat of Russian influence on the outcome of democratic elections. Ireland mulls possible ban on political party crypto donations On Monday, news hit the wires of the Irish government planning to ban crypto donations from political parties. According to Monday’s report, “new political integrity rules” are being prepared to prevent Russian …

IRISH winter athletes could expect better public funding and better facilities under a new four-year plan from the Olympic Federation of Ireland. Ireland enjoyed some success at the recent Beijing Olympics as a team of six athletes finished in the top 15 three times. 2 Ireland squad could get more funding under new federation 2 …

Irish language organization Conradh na Gaeilge said it walked out of a meeting with a British government minister on Tuesday after he refused to give them a specific date for the introduction of promised legislation guaranteeing the language rights of Irish speakers. Conradh na Gaeilge, who has campaigned for the introduction of an Irish language …

A number of hauliers and truck drivers protesting soaring fuel prices have been fined for obstructing roads in Dublin’s docklands. The protest caused disruption in the east of the city after protesters gathered early Monday morning. Truckers and hauliers protesting against rising fuel prices blocked roads to Dublin Port but caused little disruption to traffic. …

The war in Ukraine is a “stark reminder” that we cannot take democracy and peace for granted, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said in a statement marking the 24th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement on Sunday. In the statement, Mr Martin said the island of Ireland was united in revulsion at Russian aggression against Ukraine and “in …

Hospitals in Sri Lanka will soon be unable to provide even emergency services due to critical shortages of medicines and medical equipment caused by the country’s economic crisis, it has been warned. There are fears of a ‘catastrophic death toll’ if supplies are not replenished. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in decades …

Irish citizens are “clearly the most pro-European of all European citizens”, according to the annual Eurobarometer report for Ireland. And, while 71% of people think things are going in the right direction for the country in general, many of us are worried about the rising cost of living, with 44% of us saying this is …

M Over a thousand people have signed an open letter to the UK and Irish governments and the Stormont parties calling for Irish language legislation in Northern Ireland. The letter comes after Secretary of State Brandon Lewis announced last week that a planned cultural package including new legislation around the Irish language will not be …

In the exceptionally sunny village of Baltimore, West Cork, this weekend, two flags fly from the ramparts of the restored 13th-century Norman castle, Dún na Séad. The tricolor in its usual place floating above the square; and now, the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian national flag. It must be some kind of comfort to …

Ministers in the last executive have been accused by business of not doing their jobs properly, leaving ‘great needs’ in all sectors of society. aeve Hunt, president of the Chartered Accountants Ulster Society, called for a new devolved government to be formed as soon as possible after the Assembly election so leadership can be secured. …

sinn fein accused the government of bowing to the banks by allowing them to be preferred creditors in two state-backed housing schemes. The government claims that the equity it will hold in projects will rank behind bank debt, as it does in all other situations. Eoin Burke-Kennedy has the details. Compulsory private pension coverage finally …

DUBLIN — Most Irish citizens want to increase military spending and almost half want to join NATO in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to a new poll. The findings of the Red C pollsters, published in Sunday’s Business Post newspaper in Dublin, suggest a dramatic change in public attitudes towards Ireland’s official …

A company promoting Irish property investment under the government’s cash-for-visa scheme has been ordered to pay a former employee €12,400 after failing to pay his salary for four months. He had, however, submitted payslips to the revenue commissioners showing he had paid wages between November 2020 and February 2021, leaving Daoquan Zhang liable for income …

The Biden administration has formally determined that Russian troops committed war crimes in Ukraine and said it would work with others to prosecute offenders. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “Today I can announce that, based on information currently available, the U.S. government believes that members of Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine.” …

The government will today decide whether to formally support the FAI’s involvement in a bid to host the European Football Championships in 2028. Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin and Minister of State Jack Chambers will ask the government to approve issuing a letter of support to the FAI for …

Trócaire calls on the people to call on the Irish government to play its part in ending vaccine injustice by ensuring that the most vulnerable people in developing countries have access to Covid-19 vaccines. March 11, 2022 marks two years since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. So far, according to …

THE Irish government has had to consider the most appropriate way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day this week in light of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has revealed the government needs to decide ‘what kind of St. Patrick’s Day we should have’ before dozens of ministers set off on trips …

Most school transport companies in the country cannot guarantee the provision of services until June, the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland has warned. A survey by the body showed that soaring fuel prices could now lead to a reduction in services. The survey offers insight into the crisis affecting the sector. It says …

Boris Johnson has told the Irish Prime Minister that ‘meaningful changes’ are still needed with Northern Ireland’s controversial protocol – after the taoiseach said there was growing opinion it was working. The Prime Minister met Taoiseach Micheál Martin in London where the couple discussed Ukraine and protocol before watching Ireland beat England in the Six …

Billionaires interested in buying Chelsea football club have been urged to approach the UK government with potential takeover proposals, after its current oligarch owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned. Fearing the threat of sanctions, Abramovich, 55, had rushed to sell the club for more than £3billion, sparking interest from British property tycoon Nick Candy, Swiss billionaire …

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 18 attacks on health facilities in Ukraine so far, Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. So far, WHO has verified 18 attacks on health facilities, health workers and ambulances, including ten deaths and 16 injuries,” Tedros said in a press briefing. “More than 2 million …

Stena Line, P&O Ferries and Belfast Harbor have joined forces to criticize the government’s Strategic Transport Projects Second Review (STPR2), saying only three of 20 recommended improvements have been implemented. Ferry operators have drawn up a proposal for major improvements to the A75 and A77 after pushing for improvements for decades but have now accused …

People entering Ireland will no longer need a Covid certificate or a passenger locator form as part of major travel rule changes that are being considered. It is understood that this decision is taken by the government with the aim of facilitating the entry into the country of people fleeing Ukraine. The rule requiring Covid …

Figures showing the true cost of rebuilding homes built with faulty blocks that ‘collapsing like Weetabix’ could end the ‘torture’ for thousands of homeowners affected by Ireland’s Mica building scandal, have said activists. They gave a cautious welcome to a government-commissioned report which they say more accurately reflects reconstruction costs. If passed by the government …

A Winnipeg man of Ukrainian descent calls on Ottawa to provide a lifeline for Ukrainians as Russian armed forces continue their devastating attack on the country. Nick Krawetz is calling on the federal government to waive temporary visa requirements for Ukrainians as the destruction and terror of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nears the six-day mark. …

ALL Russian spies based in Ireland could be expelled from the country in the coming days, the government has said. It comes as Taoiseach Micheal Martin revealed there are no plans to expel Russian Ambassador Yury Filatov from Ireland due to concerns for the safety of Irish people living in Ukraine or Russia. 2 Foreign …

Irish media reports that the country’s healthcare system will need to spend more than $48 million to recover from a widespread ransomware attack by the Conti Group that took place last year. In a letter obtained by TENHealth Service Executive acting chief information officer Fran Thompson said costs associated with the ransomware attack include $14.2 …

From: Clara Swinson Director General Global Health Department of Health and Social Affairs UK For: Muiris O’Connor Assistant secretary R&D and health analytics health department Ireland Exchange of letters in accordance with paragraph 9.2 of the common travel area Protocol of agreement Dear Muiris, I have received your letter of 25 November 2021 regarding the …

The Brexit deal was simple: in exchange for losing the private freedoms to work, learn, trade and move freely in the EU, the government acquired the right to make decisions without the control of the EU. EU. Unsurprisingly, the politicians who made this deal want to show that it was worth it. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the …

A detailed public health plan is needed to ensure the state is fully prepared for future pandemics that are expected to occur every five years, said infectious disease expert Professor Sam McConkey. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Ireland in 2020, the Irish government dealt with the emergency using a “flu plan”, unlike Asian countries which …

An “anti-establishment” tone that exists on social media influences people’s attitudes toward politicians, an Oireachtas committee has said. Speaking to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Petitions on Thursday, Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney said aggressive and misogynistic comments posted online affected the public’s reaction when meeting politicians. “I don’t know a TD or a senator …

Ahead of this weekend’s SDLP conference, Colum Eastwood explains to political correspondent John Manley why he is not troubled by opinion polls and why he will continue to attack political opponents. COLUM Eastwood insists he is not impressed with the results of this week’s Institute of Irish Studies-University of Liverpool/The Irish News opinion poll. It …

Moderna, the US biotech company, is in late-stage government talks to invest in UK research and manufacturing and collaborate with the NHS on clinical trials. The Boston-based startup – which rose to prominence with its Covid-19 mRNA vaccine – is set to accept a major investment, according to people familiar with the matter. If completed, …

A resolution to the issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol is unlikely to be found before Stormont Assembly elections in May, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said “very little progress” was being made in negotiations between the UK government and the EU, describing the likelihood of a …

Liz Truss, Britain’s foreign secretary, is due to make fresh proposals to break the deadlock over post-Brexit trade deals in Northern Ireland on Friday, saying resolving the dispute with the EU was “a top priority”. Truss’ allies have said the two sides want to iron out differences, although Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned this week …

Updated 1 hour ago THE GOVERNMENT yesterday announced a new scheme to make it easier and cheaper for homes to become more energy efficient. The modernization measures covered by the plan can help make bills more affordable in the long run, but they can usually be very expensive in terms of upfront costs. Let’s take …

The price to fill the car is at its highest level since the AA began monitoring petrol and diesel prices regularly in 1991 and is approaching the €2 per liter mark. On the last day of January the average retail price for a liter of petrol was 175.5c and 166.1c for diesel. Two weeks ago …

SuperValu and Centra owner Musgrave, one of the country’s largest employers, met with the government to highlight concerns over labor shortages and its ability to recruit staff from outside the Economic Area European. The lobbying record shows the food retail, wholesale and distribution giant, which has more than 35,000 people working in the business and …

Austria has become the first EU country to make the Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for all adults, but questions remain over whether this may sway those who are skeptical about taking the hit and to what extent the Alpine state government is prepared to pressure those who won’t comply. Austria’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, …

More than 3 billion euros in VAT receipts, reflecting the traditionally busy Christmas trading period, boosted state tax receipts in January and cleaned up public finances at the start of the year. The latest Treasury statements published by the Ministry of Finance show that the government collected 6.7 billion euros in taxes last month, up …

The new carbon budget framework, on which the Oireachtas will vote this spring, offers an unprecedented opportunity for public accountability. What can we do in 2022 to make sure the government delivers on its climate action promises? Last year was touted as the year the Irish government finally took climate action seriously. Alongside a much-needed …

(Bloomberg) – The UK is considering the “biggest possible offer” to NATO, including more troops and weapons to Estonia, to help deter any Russian aggression against Ukraine, it said on Saturday evening Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Bloomberg’s Most Read President Joe Biden said on Friday he would send US troops to Eastern Europe as the …

In this An appearance on the Irish Examiner podcast that all but brought down the government, Jack O’Connor’s assessment of Paul Geaney’s role with Kerry last season was far more pointed and informative than the attention it received. O’Connor, typically outspoken, thought employing Geaney as a half-forward was not the optimal use of the 30-year-old’s …

The Taoiseach is due to lay a wreath at the memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday during a service in Derry to mark the 50th anniversary of the atrocity. Micheál Martin is also expected to meet privately with the families of those killed, according to The Irish Times. Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney is also …

The Australian government acquired the copyright to the Aboriginal flag so it could be used freely, resolving a dispute that had prevented communities from reproducing the image. The Aboriginal flag has been recognized as the official flag of Australia since 1995, flown from government buildings and adopted by sports clubs. After a negotiated agreement with …

A fire broke out at a popular nightclub in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, causing explosions and killing at least 17 people, government officials said. The tragedy comes as the central African country welcomes thousands of players, supporters and referees from across the continent for the month-long Africa Cup of Nations football tournament. A government statement said …

IRISH Rail has given customers an update on the train’s snack trolley – which has not worked during the pandemic. Almost all Covid restrictions will be lifted from 6am tomorrow, but face coverings are still compulsory on public transport. 1 A rail service spokesperson provided an updateCredit: Alamy Updating passengers, Irish Rail said regulations do …

The government will not oppose a Dáil motion to be debated on Thursday evening calling for the compulsory purchase of the site of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH). However, the government has not changed its position and has no intention of buying the site. Instead, it is seeking to secure a long-term lease – …

A Welsh council is considering making St David’s Day a public holiday for its workers. Gwynedd Council Cabinet will meet on Tuesday January 18 to discuss plans to make March 1 a public holiday for council workers. The meeting comes after the UK government refused to delegate power to allow Wales to create its own …

and Detained protesters in Cuba face up to 30 years in prison as they face the island’s largest and most punitive mass trials since the early years of the revolution. Prosecutors last week tried more than 60 citizens charged with crimes, including sedition, for participating in protests against the country’s economic crisis over the summer, …

The United States believes Russia is laying the groundwork for a possible invasion of Ukraine and could stage a false flag attack in the militant-held east of the country to justify a major assault in the coming weeks. Washington issued the warning as the Ukrainian government works to restore the websites of dozens of state …

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has urged rival factions in Sudan to engage in talks to advance their transition to democracy after a coup toppled the civilian-led government. The October 25 military takeover upended Sudan’s plans to move to democracy after three decades of international repression and sanctions under the autocrat Omar al-Bashir. A popular …

The Irish government has been asked to oppose the European Commission’s plan to classify nuclear and natural gas power plants as green energy. EU taxonomic rules Brussels consulted with EU Member States on the move as part of the EU Taxonomy which aims to rank activities that contribute to a green transition so that private …

Updated 46 minutes ago ADDITIONAL CORONAVIRUS MEASURES in schools across England will not be in place “for a day longer than we need,” his education secretary pledged, as concerns were expressed over ” possible staff shortages in the sector. Nadhim Zahawi has called on principals to consider merging classes or sending groups of children home …

IRELAND’S DECADE OF COMMEMORATIONS enters its most difficult period as the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. The War of Independence was interrupted by a truce in July 1921 and ended with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty five months later. The treaty established the Irish Free State (which came into being …

Scotland has detected a record 15,900 new cases of Covid, with around 80% of those believed to be the highly infectious variant of Omicron, Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs. In an emergency update to the Scottish Parliament, the Prime Minister said positive cases accounted for 29% of all tests carried out on Tuesday. The previous Scottish …

Iranian negotiators and five world powers resumed negotiations to reinstate Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal in 2015, with Iran insisting that the United States and its allies pledge to allow it to export its crude oil. The latest round of talks in Vienna, the eighth, opened 10 days after the adjournment of negotiations for the Iranian …

Ireland’s first and only wildlife hospital is appealing for financial help in an attempt to find a new location. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland (WRI) facility in Co Meath has helped around 2,500 wildlife since it opened in February, but the lease for its current premises is about to expire. Picture: Milo is one of the …

The government is bracing for the impact of the Omicron variant resulting in high levels of transmission and a record number of cases over the Christmas period. The health ministry reported 7,411 new cases last night, and officials warned that the daily count is expected to rise significantly over the next week. But high-level sources …

The GAA don’t expect to be surprised by a sudden government suspension from their games, as they were earlier this year. Ten days after releasing the 2021 main fixture list last year, the government withdrew the exemption for senior inter-county matches to be played without notifying Croke Park. The GAA discovered in February that it …

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the government does not plan to introduce more restrictions until the end of the year. But if they were needed, they would take action. “If we have to, we will act to protect lives and to protect health services,” he said. Mr Varadkar added that he thought Ireland could “temper” the …

The UK will change course in the negotiations on the Brexit protocol in Northern Ireland and will push for a “provisional” deal to avoid any further deterioration of political stability in the region. Brexit Minister David Frost is expected to come up with a new approach based on a “step-by-step solution” with an agreement on …

The UK’s highest court is to decide whether there should be a police investigation into an allegation that the UK government authorized and used torture in the ‘hooded men’ case 50 years ago. This was a group of 12 people selected for extreme interrogation techniques while interned in Northern Ireland in 1971. Ahead of the …

The UK government has been accused of “willfully ignoring” the voices of victims in its proposals to deal with Northern Ireland’s troubled past. Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill has expressed concern over universal opposition to the plans across political divide in the region. In July, the government issued a command document outlining its intention to …

People traveling to Ireland from Britain will have to undergo daily lateral flow tests for five consecutive days after arrival, the Irish government said Thursday evening. The tests will add to the recently announced requirement that travelers to the republic must undergo a PCR test or negative lateral flow test before boarding a ferry or …

The European Union is blocking the UK from its flagship research program because it does not ‘trust’ the UK government after threats to tear up the Northern Ireland protocol. Third countries Georgia, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia were all admitted as associate members of Horizon Europe on Tuesday. The UK’s …

Electricity and heating expenses for a key ministry increased by just under € 500,000 in 2020, despite the majority of civil servants working from home during the pandemic. The Ministry of Social Protection, the body responsible for key social assistance in the event of an unemployment pandemic, spent € 4m on utility costs for its …

Five times as many Covid-19 tests are needed every day in Ireland to try to control the spread of the virus, according to a UCD virologist. Assistant professor of virology Gerald Barry said he was concerned the Omicron variant could increase the number of cases and called the preliminary data from South Africa “troubling.” He …

Ireland is reimposing strict Covid-19 restrictions, including closing nightclubs and limiting private gatherings. Taoiseach Micheal Martin said Ireland would reintroduce some Covid-19 restrictions, following “very harsh” advice from Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. “My message tonight is difficult,” he told the country in a nationwide address. “I understand and share the disappointment and frustration …

Irish authorities have announced that from December 3, all arrivals from other territories will be required to test negative for the coronavirus upon arrival. Such a move comes with the aim of stopping the spread of the coronavirus, in particular the Omicron variant which has started to affect several European countries, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com. Irish authorities …

The Brexit protocol in Northern Ireland did not “shatter” Northern Ireland’s constitutional status in the UK, as some trade unionists have argued, a government lawyer said in a Belfast court. Tony McGleenan QC was opening his defense of the protocol against a legal challenge brought by a group of Unionist politicians including Traditional Unionist Voice …

The health ministry said extended powers to put health warnings on alcohol labels and limit alcohol advertising must first be passed on to the European Commission before they can take effect. The ministry confirmed that other articles of the Public Health (Alcohol) Law are due to come into force next year. Section 4, which allows …

The rollout of booster vaccines will be stepped up amid fears that the potentially highly infectious new variant of Covid-19 will soon spread in this country. Here are concerns that the newly classified variant of concern could put people at an increased risk of re-infection. It comes as Ireland continues to grapple with the more …

The Central Bank will impose new financial rules on real estate funds, warning that a massive sale of assets by these entities could destabilize the sector. In its latest financial stability review, the regulator said real estate funds now hold 40% of the Republic’s commercial residential real estate assets, worth an estimated 23 billion euros, …

The government plans to introduce security legislation that will allow it to exclude “high risk” telecommunications providers from being used in critical parts of Ireland’s next generation broadband network. The Cabinet decided to give Communications Minister Eamon Ryan the legal authority to conduct assessments of potential providers of 5G services – the replacement mobile broadband …

The latest rent report from Daft.ie once again confirms the crisis in our private rental market. The rents are too high. The supply is too low. And the government rent regulation is not working. Much of the public debate has focused on short-term issues. Brexit and Covid have disrupted supply chains, blocked construction and increased …

Comedian Matt Lucas memorably mimicked Boris Johnson’s often confusing messages about Covid-19 in an opening sketch for the Great British Bake Off TV show. Dressed like the Prime Minister with his tousled blonde hair in a press conference mockup in Downing Street, Lucas announced, “We are now approaching phase 46. “We are, we are, we …

Loyalists in East Belfast and Northern Ireland’s “ghettos” “have no idea” of the post-Brexit protocol, and see it as a “Southern trick” to create a united Ireland, said one. old taoiseach. Bertie Ahern told a virtual Brexit conference in Dublin that resolving the issue of political identity in the protocol dispute was “much more difficult” …

Wind Energy Ireland called on the government to focus on lowering the price of renewable energy and lowering electricity bills for families and businesses. The industry body revealed during a webinar today that despite some of the best wind power resources in Europe, the price of wind power last year at the first auction in …

The investigation must be able to access files and witnesses on a cross-border basis – Amnesty Amnesty International welcomed the decision of the Northern Ireland executive to launch an independent public inquiry into the Mother and Baby and Magdalene Laundry facilities in the region and its commitment to implement all other recommendations of the Independent …

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith is under scrutiny for making £ 144,000 a year from companies with close ties to the region. Tory MP for Skipton and Ripon earns up to £ 3,000 an hour as ‘outside advisor’ advising on ‘business development’ for Tory donor-owned hydrogen company that also runs a plant …

Historian Catherine Corless, whose tireless research has shed light on the deaths and burials of hundreds of children at Tuam’s Mother and Baby House, has been honored with the Irish Red Cross Ensemble Award of his achievements. s Corless joins a prestigious list of past winners, including the late Pat Hume and WHO Executive Director …

THE PUBLIC IS invited to submit ideas on other diseases or conditions for which the Irish population should be screened by the state, with the chair of the Government’s Population Screening Advisory Group predicting that the pandemic will likely have increased interest in public health measures. The National Screening Advisory Committee, which advises the health …

A new awareness campaign warning against doping is expected to be launched after the appearance of a “worrying phenomenon” with reports that women are drugged by people using needles. Higher and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said he had agreed to start an awareness campaign with the Students’ Union of Ireland warning of the risk …

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he did not use the government plane to get to the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow. Mr. Martin said “to be frank,” the state aircraft is not used regularly due to the frequent maintenance requirements. The Taoiseach spent two days at the world conference, but said he and his team stayed …

Sinn Féin has denied suggestions that it lacks coherent climate change policies or takes populist positions on the issue. Party climate change spokesperson Darren O’Rourke has said he supports the targets set in the government’s climate legislation – halving emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2050 – but insisted that Sinn Féin disagreed on …

Paschal Donohoe has said he will not pressure the United States to do more to tackle climate change. Irish Finance Minister was speaking as US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen arrived in Dublin for a series of commitments, including a meeting with Mr Donohoe. World leaders are also meeting at the Cop26 climate change conference in …

Leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies on Saturday approved a global minimum tax aimed at preventing large corporations from hiding their profits in tax havens, and also agreed to send more Covid vaccines to poorer countries. Attending their first in-person summit in two years, G20 leaders broadly backed calls to expand debt relief for …